President Donald Trump was elected in part because of his promise to “drain the swamp” of corruption and incompetence that has been plaguing our nation’s capital for decades.
One of the nastiest sections of that swamp is the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been embroiled in a scandal involving incompetent employees, rampant corruption and ineffective services for the past few years.
While very few people were fired under the Obama administration, it appears that things are changing now that Trump is in charge. Two corrupt employees have been fired so far under the Trump administration, The Daily Caller reported.
DeWayne Hamlin, the CEO of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Elizabeth Rivera Rivera, an employee at that hospital, were promptly fired after Trump took the oath of office.
The VA announced Hamlin’s termination in an email to hospital employees, according to DisabledVeterans.org.
“Mr. DeWayne Hamlin was removed from federal service effective Jan. 20, 2017,” the email stated.
Hamlin had been the center of a controversy after he tried to fire an employee who exposed his drug arrest, according to The Daily Caller. When that didn’t work, he attempt to pay her $305,000 to leave her job.
Rivera, who was fired Tuesday according to the Daily Caller, had been arrested for taking part in an armed robbery while she was an employee of the VA. Incredibly enough, she wasn’t actually fired for what she did and continued to receive a paycheck while wearing an ankle monitor.
It is unclear if the Trump administration directly ordered these two employees to be fired, but the timing does raise some questions. They worked under Obama for years, but as soon as the administration changed they were fired.
Trump has a lot of draining to do at the VA, so hopefully these two firings are just his opening salvo in what will undoubtedly be a long war against corruption in the VA.
America’s veterans deserve better than robbers and drug abusers, and hopefully Trump will be able to give them something better.
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